Ellen DeGeneres has defended her Usain Bolt tweet after she faced accusations of racism.
Following the Jamaican runner’s big win in the 100 metre semifinals, Ellen took to Twitter to make a joke about the 29-year-old sprinter on her Twitter account.
The host photoshopped an image of herself on his back alongside the caption: “This is how I’m running errands from now on. #Rio2016.”
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) August 15, 2016
The original picture showed the star appearing to smile as he looked back at his competition.
Replying to the tweet, one wrote: “@TheEllenShow despite its intentions this pic has ugly connotations coming from a rich white lady.”
Another said: “So riding on his back like a mule, a horse as some form of property is fun to you.”
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“Honestly this is offensive,” said a third.
Taking to Twitter following the backlash, she wrote: “I am highly aware of the racism that exists in our country. It is the furthest thing from who I am.”
And Usain didn’t seem at all offended by the tweet, as he later reweeted it to his four million followers.